I Have A Newborn *And* Twin Toddlers, & These Are My Secrets For A Productive Weekday
As a mom, I've realized that once you get into the groove and think you have it all figured out, something’s bound to change that’ll shake things up real quick! I have twin daughters, June and Violet, who will turn 3 this December. Luckily, they were my first so they were all I knew about motherhood, but even still, it has been quite the whirlwind from the get-go.
Fast forward two and a half years later and our baby boy, Owen, was born. He is now 2 months old and we are all beyond in love with him. But here's the thing: Now I look back and think, "Well, having just twins wasn’t so bad, was it?"
Since having Owen, I’ve had to figure out how to balance him, his sisters, taking care our home, plus fit work into the mix. So many people ask me how I get through the day with twin toddlers and a baby in tow, so I'm sharing what a normal day looks like in our house — complete with the realities of serving sippy cups full of milk, and also a few tips that I hope can be useful. Every day at our house is pretty eventful and there is never a dull moment, but the truth is I feel beyond blessed to have this little life of mine.
Here's what a typical weekday is like in my home.
6:00 to 7:00 a.m.
Owen is usually the first one up. I’ll feed him and by the time I’m done our girls are up and racing down the hall to get us up and out of bed. Clearly they don’t appreciate sleeping in yet.
After I get Owen situated in the living room, our girls will start asking for their “milkie!” They wake up pretty hungry and that’s the first thing they want while the sitting on the couch, watching a show.
I feel confident giving them their milk first thing in the morning because I know it helps to fuel their busy bodies for the rest of the day. And since they're growing toddlers, I like knowing that what they're drinking is helping boost bone growth and support a healthy weight. Once the girls have their milk and a little breakfast, I’ll drink a big glass of water and make coffee (with a little whole milk for myself).
8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
One of the challenging things about having a newborn is keeping the girls occupied while I take care of him. I break the day up into two parts: before nap and after nap. My girls love arts and crafts, so in the morning I try to have something for them to do that is creative. Whether that's painting or coloring, activities like this really spark their creativity and keep them engaged for a long period of time. I'll usually start an activity with them once I put Owen down for a nap; this way I can give them all my attention and really be present.
I’m always trying to do things with them that are both fun and engaging. If I can entertain them with something that helps them learn, I’m happy.
Once lunchtime rolls around, I need the girls to calm down a little so they can nap. When it's time for them to sit down at the table while I prepare lunch, I’ll bring out fun — but not messy — supplies, like coloring books, stickers, or drawing boards.
When it comes to food, the girls go through phases where one week they're eating every five seconds and the next week they won’t eat anything in sight. But thankfully, one thing I can count on is them always wanting their milk —, one cup in the morning and then another at lunch. It’s great that I know even if they have a day where they aren’t very hungry, they're still getting tons of vitamins.
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
After the girls take their nap, I see the rest of the day like I’m going downhill, in a good way of course! The morning is a slow build up the hill, the nap is the peak, and then after that we're trekking on until bedtime. Once my husband gets home, he takes them outside to play to give me a much-needed break.
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
After we’ve eaten dinner and picked up the house a bit, we try to settle everyone down and relax before bedtime. The girls love cozying up on the couch to watch a show.
Balancing toddlers with a newborn has really been an adjustment. We had such a set routine before Owen was born and now it’s much different. Newborns take a lot of time and especially now that I'm nursing, I’m not as free to play with my girls as I once was. Even though days can be long and exhausting, I always remind myself that these are days I’ll look back on and wish I could have again. These are the moments that are so fleeting, you blink and they're gone.
This post is sponsored by California Milk Processor Board.